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PhD Defense - Dirk Van Bruggen

Start: 3/21/2014 at 11:00AM
End: 3/21/2014 at 2:00PM
Location: 315 Stinson Remick
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Dirk Van Bruggen, a PhD candidate, will present and defend his doctoral dissertation; "Studying the Efficacy of Security Awareness Intervention Messages on Mobile Device User Behavior"  on Friday, March 21st at 11:00 am in  315 Stinson Remick.  His advisor, Dr. Aaron Striegel and committee members; Dr. Marina Blanton, Dr. Chuck Crowell and Dr. Sidney D'Mello will be in attendance.  Faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation portion of his defense.  Light refreshments will be served.


Security has long been a technical problem with technical solutions. Over time, the community has identified human behavior as a major weakness in technical solutions. Extensive efforts have been taken to inform individuals about the threats and safeguards with which to protect against such threats. Organizations have de- veloped awareness campaigns to enhance the security behaviors of employees. These awareness campaigns

This dissertation investigates the effectiveness of various security awareness mes- sage themes as well as the individual perceptions and characteristics that affect security behavior. First, a survey study is conducted which measures perceptions sur- rounding security threats and safeguards. The analysis of the survey data builds a foundational understanding of how individuals assess and respond to technical security threats. Next, five awareness themes are evaluated through the use of targeted interventions with non-complying individuals presented awareness messages. The in- dividual responses to interventions and surveys allow for the usage of personality data to inform both initial security safeguard behavior as well as response behavior to targeted awareness messages. Overall, the tested awareness methods were found to be somewhat effective. However, with the addition of individual information, analysis identified correlations with individual response.